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23 November 2006

Internet Governance Debate Poses Unique Global Challenges (Center for Democracy and Technology Policy Post)

To that end, it may be useful to discuss whether the goals and milestones established nearly a decade ago for ICANN on its path to full autonomy remain adequate in the face of a drastically different global environment. Certainly the goals of fostering stability, competition, representation and private, bottom-up coordination remain as relevant today as they were eight years ago, but in light of recent developments it is important for the Internet community to at least ask whether reaching all of those milestones (something ICANN has yet to accomplish) would be sufficient cause to cut the tether between ICANN and the US Government.

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Is Google worth its weight in gold? (CNet)

As Google's share price neared US$500 Thursday [and subsequently passed it], analysts were unfazed by the fact that the search king's market capitalization is greater than its three biggest Internet rivals combined and about double that of media companies Walt Disney and Time Warner.

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22 November 2006

Guess Whois Going to Lose the Privacy Debate by Larry Seltzer (eWeek)

Opinion: If you own a domain, your privacy is probably being needlessly compromised as a result. But nobody who can do anything about it cares.

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ICANN chief warns of domain name chaos (The Age)

Plans to fast-track the introduction of non-English characters in website domain names could "break the whole internet", warns ICANN chief executive Paul Twomey.

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us: Libel ruling boosts net providers (BBC)

Bloggers and US internet providers cannot be liable for posting defamatory comments written by third parties, the California Supreme Court has ruled.

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au: Security firms clash over phishy e-mails (ZDNet)

Banks and security experts cannot agree if it is safe for banks to use e-mail for communicating with their customers because the medium has been hijacked by criminals who try and fool online banking users into divulging their log-in details.

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us: Justice, ACLU argue 1998 online porn law before U.S. judge (International Herald Tribune/AP)

Justice Department attorneys, defending a law aimed at keeping online pornography from minors, argued that software filters often block valid sites -- on gay rights or sexual health, for example -- that teens might seek out.

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us: Web publishers receive immunity on defamation (International Herald Tribune)

The California Supreme Court said Monday that Internet publishers could not be held liable for posting defamatory comments written by others, a victory for online companies like Google and America Online.

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us: Newspapers to link up with Yahoo (New York Times/International Herald Tribune)

A consortium of U.S. newspaper chains representing 176 daily papers plans to form a partnership with Yahoo that will start with shared ads and extend eventually to news content.

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Why is .EU Trying to Destroy the Internet? by Antony Van Couvering (Circle ID)

With Eurid cutting its wholesale price from 10 Euros to 5 Euros, Van Couvering asks "Is Eurid crazy?" He further says "Eurid is acting as if unit cost should go down as sales increase!" I can't work out if he's being serious or not!

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21 November 2006

au: The A$65,000 question: do you own an iPod? (Sydney Morning Herald)

Owning an iPod, camera phone or a DVD recorder might be enough to land you in jail or lumbered with a large fine under the Federal Government's proposed new changes to the copyright laws, experts warn.

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20 November 2006

Spam, spam, spam, spam... you’ve got mail (The Sunday Times)

Here's the latest hot tip for the stock market! Or do you fancy improving your performance in bed? A "spam tsunami" is deluging computers worldwide with nine out of 10 e-mails now comprising junk advertising.

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ICANN Seeks Input on Improving Transparency and Accountability (Center for Democracy and Technology)

A Briefing On Public Policy Issues Affecting Civil Liberties Online from The Center For Democracy and Technology that addresses: ICANN Seeks Input on Improving Transparency and Accountability; Preliminary Recommendations Focus on Transparency; Reform Process Must Not Be Rushed.

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Internet Governance Forum Report 1: What's It All About by Ang Peng Hwa (Singapore Internet Research Centre)

The IGF has come and gone. It was an "outstanding success". I had meant to blog some thoughts about the IGF but had more travels before I returned and succumbed to the potent combination of lack of sleep and jetlag. I suppose it's delayed but better late than never. The first question to answer is: What is the IGF all about?

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The “.eu” success leads to a considerable price reduction (EURid news release)

EURid has decided to lower the fees associated with owning a .eu domain name. As of January 1st 2007, the price for registering a domain name and the annual renewal fee will be 5 euro as opposed to today's 10 euro. This substantial reduction is possible thanks to the huge interest in .eu and the high number of registrations.

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uk: Nominet polls members on changes to .uk services (Computing)

Nominet has called an extraordinary general meeting after pressure from members to change the scope of its remit and offer additional services.

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Asia's poor consider Web access options (IT News)

The growing power of mobile handsets is making it likely that the majority of people in Asia's poorer nations could bypass PCs altogether, and use mobile phones as their main means of Internet access.

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us: Legal Precedent Set for Web Accesibility (Internet Business Law Services)

A federal district court judge recently ruled in September that a retailer may be sued if its website is inaccessible to the blind. The ruling was issued in a case brought by the National Federation of the Blind against Target Corp. (Northern District of California Case No. C 06-01802 MHP) The suit charges that Target's website is inaccessible to the blind, and therefore violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. (ADA), the California Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the California Disabled Persons Act.

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uk: Leading article: Drawing the age line (The Sunday Times)

Paedophilia is quite rightly one of society's greatest taboos. Sex with children is repellent for all but a perverted minority. Middle-aged men who prey on young girls, whether they are former pop stars such as Gary Glitter or sleazy perverts in dirty raincoats, deserve everything that the law can throw at them. The internet has been a great boon for mankind but the fact that it has made it easier for paedophiles to swap their pornography and groom children for sex is a significant demerit to the world wide web.

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cn: Wikipedia back offline after brief easing of ban (Asia Media/South China Morning Post)

The easing of a ban on a popular online encyclopedia on the mainland has been short-lived. Barely a week after Wikipedia users were able to access the website -- after a year-long ban -- they reported yesterday that it had been blocked again in several parts of the mainland.

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19 November 2006

How YouTube pushed Lebanon out of the news (The Guardian)

This time last year there had never been a mention of YouTube in Britain's 18 main newspapers. After a prescient first mention in the Times on November 19 2005, YouTube scored a measly 13 stories in the first quarter of this year. In the second quarter, it ran up 154. In the first week of November, it clocked up 79.

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Whiff of tobacco firms on net (Sydney Morning Herald)

Is this the last frontier in tobacco marketing or simply a global stage for the look-at-me generation? Thousands of videos of sexy, smoking teens are appearing on the internet phenomenon YouTube, possibly being posted by tobacco manufacturers to recruit the next generation of smokers.

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MySpace sued by Universal Music (BBC)

Universal Music Group sues MySpace - claiming the site is encouraging users to illegally share copyrighted material.

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Wales on the web may become .cym (BBC)

Welsh websites could soon choose a .cym address rather than .uk, if a campaign backed by assembly members succeeds.

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18 November 2006

Here are two signs of hope for the world's secret superpower (The Guardian)

Timothy Garton Ash writing in The Guardian looks at the growing importance of the media in the world, calling the newspaper "a weapon more powerful than most in the possession of the US army" with "much of its impact comes from its dissemination through electronic screens" today. Garton Ash goes on to say "The engine of this growth in media power, as in military firepower, is technological change." The article then goes on to look at the launch of al-Jazeera English.

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